Nature Iraq

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Nature Iraq (Arabic, طبيعة العراق) is Iraq's first and only environmental conservation group.[1] It is an Iraqi non-governmental organization, accredited to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and affiliated to BirdLife International. They seek to protect, restore, and preserve Iraq’s natural environment and the rich cultural heritage that depends upon it. They conduct major work in sustainable development, biodiversity, and water resources. Nature Iraq was founded in 2003 by Azzam Alwash, a Iraqi refugee and engineer in the United States that returned to Iraq following the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Adobe House was built to demonstrate alternative, low-cost and sustainable building methods that could be applied to alternative housing in the marshland areas.

The Darwin Project conducts plants and birds’ surveys, creates biodiversity and land use maps, facilitate practical field training courses and an online course for developing professionals, conducts educational activities with school children, created the first standardized hiking trail and educational area in Iraq

Wetlands Restoration has been ongoing. Nature Iraq has successfully re-created some of Iraq's freshwater marshes in the central part of the country. [2]

The first Green Music and Arts Festival was held in 2012 in Azadi Park in Sulaimani, Iraq. Each year, the festival celebrates the beauty and nature of Iraq.[3]


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